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20-01-2021, 02:52 PM
Early History of South Australian Chess


22-01-2021, 11:03 AM
The area approximately bounded by Wallaroo, Kadina and Moonta on the Yorke Peninsula is known as the Copper Coast or Copper Triangle. Copper was mined there in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, providing a significant income for South Australia at the time. The world's largest Cornish Festival is held biennially in the Copper or Cornish Triangle, reflecting the Cornish ancestry of the miners. https://www.kernewek.org/

By 1875, the success of the Moonta Mines and those in the surrounding area had made Moonta the second largest town in South Australia. Moonta Mines itself had a population of around 5,000.
All three towns had chess clubs:

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Sat 15 Apr 1871
Matches between Wallaroo and Moonta

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Tue 26 Nov 1878
Moonta wins 9 – 6 against Adelaide in a series of Telegraphic matches
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/216302190?searchTerm=Moonta%20Burra%20Chess%20Club s

Wallaroo Times (Port Wallaroo, SA : 1882 - 1888) Wed 18 Jul 1888
Wallaroo match with Hoyleton via telegraph. Cross board match with Moonta next Wednesday.

Wallaroo Times (Port Wallaroo, SA : 1882 - 1888) Sat 21 Jul 1888
Old Kadina Club Not Dead

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Fri 6 May 1910
Moonta in 1910

Copper prices had begun to decline by the 1880s, and in 1889 forced the Moonta Mining Company to merge with the owners of Wallaroo Mines to form the Wallaroo and Moonta Mining and Smelting Co. Ltd. The mine finally closed in 1923, after which the Moonta Mines locality sharply declined.

23-01-2021, 09:21 AM
The Burra Chess Club.


24-01-2021, 08:28 AM
Early History of the Adelaide Chess Club


10-04-2021, 08:26 AM
Steven Nicholls produced this account of past South Australian Champions with information about some of the champions and links to further information and games. It seems that all the links have suffered the eventual fate of all links and are no longer viable. The following message appears at the top of the page:

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chess_sa@yahoo.com Steven Nicholls.

11-04-2021, 07:20 AM
Chess column by Miller and Coombe 1946 - February 1948


11-04-2021, 07:45 AM
Arthur Miller's chess column in "The Mail" in 1954


21-06-2021, 02:55 PM
Anne Slavotinek M.D Ph.D Australian Women’s Chess champion 1982, 1984.



Anne played in four Australian Women’s Olympiad Teams:

Valletta Malta 1980: Mott-McGrath (nee McGrath), Hawkesworth, Slavotinek, Anne Martin

Luzern 1982: Slavotinek, Martin, Clementi, Travers

Video FM John Curtis Chess

Thessaloniki 1984: Slavotinek, Kellner, Mott-McGrath, Martin

Thessaloniki 1988: Slavotinek, Craig, Rogers, Wilkie


08-07-2021, 06:52 AM
Anne Martin. Photo plus story

Anne was a member of the Australian Women’s Olympiad team in 1980, 1982, 1984 and 1986.
She was South Australian Women's Champion in 1982 and 1985.


https://players.chessbase.com/en/player/Martin_Anne%20P/162277 Photo and games

08-07-2021, 09:06 AM
Carin was Australian Women’s Champion in 1988. She represented Australia at the 1986, 1988 and 1992 Chess Olympiads. She was South Australian Women’s Champion in 1980, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993 and 2001.

https://players.chessbase.com/en/player/craig_carin/50820 Photo and games

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=89003 Thessaloniki Olympiad 1988 Games

https://www.365chess.com/players/Carin_Craig/?p=1&start=50 Australian Women’s Championships 1982

08-09-2021, 05:57 PM
George Howard of South Australia, succeeded Graeme Gardiner as ACF President in January of 2002. He was succeeded by Denis Jessop in January 2005 but continued assisting the ACF as a Vice President. George was also active in the South Australian chess scene as the SACA President and in other roles.

About George Howard.